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Study raises safety concerns about Cove Point gas facility

Study raises safety concerns about Cove Point gas facility

A proposed liquefied natural gas facility in Calvert County could put nearby residents at "significant risk" if a fire or explosion occurs, according to a British consulting firm hired by opponents of the project to review its hazards.

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Maryland's storm-water pollution efforts faulted

Maryland's storm-water pollution efforts faulted

Environmental groups have gone to court in an attempt to force state regulators to strengthen orders given to Baltimore City and three of Maryland's largest counties to curtail their storm-water pollution.

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Study aims to shield marine mammals from offshore wind projects

Study aims to shield marine mammals from offshore wind projects

State and federal officials announced Thursday a $2.2 million research effort aimed at preventing harm to whales and other marine mammals from building massive industrial wind turbines off Ocean...

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Maryland's U.S. senators press for water funding

Maryland's U.S. senators press for water funding

Maryland Sens. Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski toured Baltimore's 99-year-old Montebello water treatment plant Monday to draw attention to the needs of municipalities nationwide for federal help to upgrade their aging infrastructure.

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Historic London Town and Gardens keeps on growing and going

Historic London Town and Gardens keeps on growing and going

Rod Cofield has the building. Now he needs the tools.

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Md. offshore wind auction set

Md. offshore wind auction set

Continuing the Obama administration's effort to launch a U.S. offshore wind energy industry, federal officials announced Wednesday that they will auction off the rights next month to build huge turbines off Maryland's coast.

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Rodgers Forge residents rally for trees

Rodgers Forge residents rally for trees

Angry Rodgers Forge residents are rallying around nine 100- to 250-year-old trees that could be cut down during expansion of Dumbarton Middle School. Neighbors gathered with signs in support of the trees June 27 despite assurances the day before that the trees will be spared.

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Ikea expands rooftop solar panel system atop Perryville distribution center

Ikea expands rooftop solar panel system atop Perryville distribution center

Ikea has expanded the solar energy system at its Perryville distribution center, making it by far the largest rooftop array in the state.

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Urban-gardening safety tips

Urban-gardening safety tips

Each spring, potted herbs and vegetables dot the fire escape of Steve Kelly's home in Mount Vernon.

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Pre-release inmates join state effort to repopulate oysters at Glebe Bay

Pre-release inmates join state effort to repopulate oysters at Glebe Bay

Clifton Wilson, an inmate at the state's Eastern Pre-Release Unit, spent last week in the great outdoors, relocating oysters from cages on private piers near Thomas Point on the Chesapeake Bay to a sanctuary in nearby Glebe Bay.

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Carroll settles pollution case with EPA

Carroll settles pollution case with EPA

Carroll County has agreed to pay a $40,000 penalty after a federally led inspection found the county had failed to properly protect its streams and waterways from polluted stormwater runoff.

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EPA finds progress, shortfalls in Bay cleanup effort

EPA finds progress, shortfalls in Bay cleanup effort

While Maryland and most other Chesapeake Bay states are making decent progress in reducing pollution fouling the estuary, Pennsylvania is "substantially off track" and will receive additional federal help and backup action if necessary, the Environmental Protection Agency reported Thursday.

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Slightly bigger Chesapeake 'dead zone' seen this summer

Slightly bigger Chesapeake 'dead zone' seen this summer

Scientists are predicting that the Chesapeake Bay's oxygen-starved "dead zone" will be slightly larger than average this summer.

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Pesticides found in 'bee-friendly' garden-store plants

Pesticides found in 'bee-friendly' garden-store plants

Many supposedly bee-friendly flowers and home garden plants being sold by major retailers have been pretreated with pesticides implicated in bee declines, according to a study by Friends of the Earth and other organizations, including the Maryland Pesticide Network.

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Carroll's Venturing Crew 202 captures Maryland Envirothon

Carroll's Venturing Crew 202 captures Maryland Envirothon

A five-member team of students from Carroll County's Venturing Crew 202 won the 24th annual Maryland Envirothon — an outdoor natural resources competition that challenges students to identify and categorize living resources, perform soil surveys and solve other complex natural resource issues.

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Construction of Fairfield power plant ordered halted over air quality permit violation

Construction of Fairfield power plant ordered halted over air quality permit violation

The owner of a planned power plant in Fairfield faces millions of dollars in fines and has been ordered to halt construction because company officials didn't buy enough emissions credits to offset air pollution the facility is expected to emit, according to state officials.

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High flows on Gunpowder stir debate

High flows on Gunpowder stir debate

Tucked amid the woods of northern Baltimore County is one of Maryland's natural gems — the Big Gunpowder Falls, a nationally renowned trout stream that draws anglers from far and wide to try their skills and luck in the cold, rushing water.

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'Ecodistricts' discussed for new Baltimore developments

'Ecodistricts' discussed for new Baltimore developments

It's hard to see a benefit in a high-profile redevelopment project being delayed four years, but Caroline Moore has found one.

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Founded in 1948, Delmarva Chicken Festival being held for last time

Founded in 1948, Delmarva Chicken Festival being held for last time

With a gentle breeze blowing and temperatures in the low 80s, it was mild for a June afternoon on the Eastern Shore, but adjacent to the main attraction at the Queen Anne's County 4-H Park, it was hot as blazes.

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Environmental groups concerned about looming water rule fight in Senate

Environmental groups concerned about looming water rule fight in Senate

WASHINGTON -- Environmental advocates say a spending bill set for review in the Senate Appropriations Committee could reopen a fight over whether the Environmental Protection Agency may regulate pollution entering small headwater streams that feed into larger bodies of water, including the Chesapeake Bay.

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Grants target storm-water pollution

Grants target storm-water pollution

State and federal officials joined a Chesapeake Bay nonprofit Thursday in announcing the award of more than $3.7 million to 34 organizations to reduce storm-water pollution in Maryland and three neighboring states and the District of Columbia. Nine of the grants totaling more than $1 million went toward planting trees, removing pavement and other greening projects in Baltimore city, while two smaller grants targeted plantings in Baltimore County.

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Maryland gets 'coastal resilience' grants

Maryland gets 'coastal resilience' grants

The U.S. Department of Interior has awarded more than $7 million to four projects in Maryland aimed at guarding Chesapeake Bay shoreline and habitat against future severe storms. The funding is part of $107 million in "coastal resilience" grants distributed among 11 states — from Massachusetts to Virginia and west to Ohio — to help protect them from the kind of damage wrought by Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

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Study sees 'walkability' of Baltimore area declining in relation to other cities

Study sees 'walkability' of Baltimore area declining in relation to other cities

A new ranking of urban "walkability" in major metropolitan areas found Baltimore will likely lose ground to other cities in coming years as positive downtown growth continues to be offset by suburban development geared toward driving.

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Cable TV boxes become 2nd biggest energy users in many homes

Cable TV boxes become 2nd biggest energy users in many homes

In the middle of the night, when most Americans are sound asleep, their lights and appliances off, a power hog is wide awake and running at nearly full throttle: the boxes that operate their cable or satellite television service.

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New bay restoration pact signed

New bay restoration pact signed

Government officials involved in the multistate Chesapeake Bay cleanup pledged Monday to broaden and accelerate the long-running effort, including a vow to address the impacts of climate change on the ailing estuary.

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High levels of bacteria found in water near Annapolis pier

High levels of bacteria found in water near Annapolis pier

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health has advised against swimming and other water recreation at Lake Ogleton Clubhouse Pier in Annapolis after high levels of bacteria were detected this week.

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Phosphorus reduction in bay losing steam in places

Phosphorus reduction in bay losing steam in places

Despite early progress reducing Chesapeake Bay pollution, levels of a key pollutant, phosphorus, have not come down in many rivers in the past decade — and are actually rising in several, officials say.

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Floating gardens seen as way to help reinvigorate Magothy River

Floating gardens seen as way to help reinvigorate Magothy River

Paul Spadaro walked along the edges of his backyard along the Magothy River and pointed to the shallow waters, clouded by a brown, murky mass. There was a time, the Severna Park resident said, that the waters were teeming with bay grasses that filtered the currents.

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ABOUT THE BLOGGER

Tim WheelerTim Wheeler reports on the environment and Chesapeake Bay. A native of West Virginia, he has focused mainly on Maryland's environment since moving here in 1983. Along the way, he's crewed aboard a skipjack in the bay, canoed under city streets up the Jones Fall from the Inner Harbor, and gone deep underground in a western Maryland coal mine. He loves seafood, rambles in the country and good stories. He hopes to share some here.

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